Assassin’s Creed

As I’m getting towards the end of Lost Odyssey I decided to take a short break and spend some time on another game. I didn’t want to go straight into another RPG (although I have several to look at) so I bought a second-hand copy of Assassin’s Creed.

Now I know it received a lot of mixed reviews but there is a lot to like about this game. The graphics are absolutely stunning. What an amazing imagining of the Holy Land during the Crusades. The atmosphere is incredible. You get a real thrill walking through a crowded market place or leaping across the rooftops. The whole idea of exploring your ancestor’s genetic memory is intriguing and I love the “holodeck-style” glitches and barriers that blink into the historical game world.

I also really like the combat and control system. I haven’t experienced many instances where my character has done something other than what I have intended him to do.

One of the complaints about the game was the lack of variety in the missions. I’m a couple of assassinations in so I’ve not really noticed that yet. At the moment I’m enjoying finding the different viewpoints and completing all of the investigations. Maybe the repetition will become more of an issue further down the line. At the moment it’s nice to know what to do and how to do it.

One thing that is annoying me, though, is that there doesn’t appear to be a subtitles option. I tend to play games late at night, with the sound down quite low and regularly turn the captions on so I don’ miss important dialogue. I’m also a very quick reader so, in games like Mass Effect, I can move through the conversations a lot faster by looking at the text rather than listening. The lack of subtitles in Assassin’s Creed seems to be a major oversight (especially for hearing impaired gamers). Maybe there is an option I haven’t yet found to turn them on? You’d think that Microsoft would insist that all games came with a captions option in order to be certified.

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